‘Lucy’ is an action thriller movie, also categorised under the genre of science fiction. It was released on August 22nd 2014 and received 6.4/10 stars on imdb. It was directed by Luc Besson who has casted couple of iconic actors in the movie, such as Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman.
This movie is about a young british girl, Lucy (played by Scarlett Johansson) who gets forced out of her will to do something she does not want to. Her one-week boyfriend asks her to take a briefcase inside a hotel and ask for ‘Mr Jang’ and give him the briefcase. She does not want to do this as she does not know what is in the briefcase and is suspicious. Her suspicions rise as she finds out that her boyfriend, Richard, is being paid £1000 if he delivers this. She refuses to do this but Richard handcuffs the briefcase onto her so she has no choice but to do what she is told. When she goes in and asks for Mr Jang, she becomes anxious as she sees a group of men walking towards her, and becomes even more worried when she sees Richard get shot. The men then kidnap her and take her into the hotel room where Mr Jang is. When she arrives, she is asked what is in the case but she does not know, so Mr Jang orders her to open the case as he is worried it may be something dangerous like a bomb.
Once opened, four packets of powdered drugs are revealed, which is what Mr Jang was expecting. The audience learns this drug is called CPH4. As the movie continues with Lucy’s story, scenes of Professor Samuel Norman (played by Morgan Freeman) are shown as he is giving a lecture on his theory of what would happen if the human brain was used more than it is now. We use only 10% of our brain but he informs us what we would be able to do if we could access 20% and more.
As the movie goes on, these scenes begin to link to Lucy’s story as the drug CPH4 lets you access more of the human brain. Mr Jang and his men put the packet of drugs inside Lucy’s stomach and send her off to Taipan. As he has four packets of this drug, he does the same to three other mean, who he sends of to Paris, Rome and Berlin. However, when Lucy reaches her destination, she gets kicked in the stomach which causes the drug to leak inside her. As she can now access more of her brain, Lucy escapes the place where she is kept and goes to a hospital where she gets it removed. She learns more about the drug and realises that she doesn’t have much time to live. Therefore, she gets help from the FBI to capture the three other men so she can remove the drugs and keep. During this she meets Pierre De Rio (played by Amr Waked) who is of high authority in the FBI and assists her along the way. She does research on Professor Samuel Norman and calls him to tell him about the drug and how his hypothesis is correct. They decide to meet so she can give him all the information he needs as she knows she will not live for more than 24 hours.
Personally, I really enjoyed this movie as it kept me interested and thinking throughout. I first watched it when it was released and went to the cinema to watch it. Even though I was younger, I still enjoyed the movie, however watching it again really helped as now I understand it more. The story line is unique and it makes the audience want to keep on watching as there is quite a lot going on. Although there aren’t many movies like this, it reminded me of the movie ‘Limitless’ which is also about a drug which allows the human brain to access more than 10%, however ‘Lucy’ is a lot more scientific and gives off a lot more knowledge which keeps the audience more interested as well as thinking what would really happen if we could access more than 10% of the human brain.
The acting in the movie was extremely good, I think Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman were a great choice to play the roles they did. The acting of everyone else was also very good as it seemed so realistic. The production overall was really good and the scenes were shot well. This is explained as the budget of the movie was $40 million which is easily seen due to the great production. This movie made a huge profit as it made $4634. This movie did really well and I really enjoyed it.
Personally, I would rate this movie 4.5/5 stars.
This is the movie trailer for ‘Lucy’:
- Scarlett Johansson as Lucy
- Morgan Freeman as Professor Samuel Norman:
- Choi Min-sik as Mr. Jang:
- Amr Waked as Pierre Del Rio:
- Julian Rhind-Tutt as the polite English ‘baddie’
- Pilou Asbaek as Richard
- Analeigh Tipton as Caroline
- Nicolas Phongpheth as Jii